Samuel French to Publish and License 6 Winning Works from New Writers

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From over 1,000 play submissions, the publishing and licensing company chose six winners from its 2017 Off Off Broadway Short Play Festival August 12.
Samuel French 2017 Off-Off-Broadway Short Play Festival Finalists
Samuel French 2017 Off-Off-Broadway Short Play Festival Finalists

Samuel French Off Off Broadway Short Play Festival, the nation’s premiere short play competition, chose six winning plays on August 12 as the culmination of the festival. These five plays and one musical will be published and available for licensing by Samuel French as part of the 42nd edition of its Off Off Broadway collection.

A panel of 12 judges chose the winning works:
Breakfast Scene by Eric Marlin
Jack + Jill by Sarah K. Hammond and Emily Goldman
SIR. by Jahna Ferron-Smith
Square Footage by Jessica Moss
this movie by Amanda Keating
What Happened at the Dolphin Show by Miranda Rose Hall

“We’re so excited to be publishing such a varied collection, from a ten-minute musical about the perils of growing up to a drama about navigating interracial relationships,” said Abbie Van Nostrand, Director of Corporate Communications at Samuel French, in a press statement. “Lovers of short plays and musicals need look no further than the 42nd edition from this year’s OOB Festival.”

The festival was founded in 1975 as a way to foster up-and-coming playwriting talent. Since then, the festival has nurtured such notable talents as Theresa Rebeck (Seminar), Kelly Younger, and more.

Ferron-Smith is a graduate of Boston University and part of the Obie-winning playwright collective Youngblood. Goldman earned an MFA from New York University’s musical theatre writing program. Her JACK + JILL co-writer, Hammond, received a New Dramatists residency with MFAs from the University of Iowa and New York University. Keating is also a member of Youngblood and her plays have been produced by Ensemble Studio Theatre, The Flea, and more. Marlin was a finalist for the 2017 O’Neill Playwrights Conference and is currently pursuing an MFA at the Iowa Playwrights Workshop. Moss is a Playwriting fellow at Juilliard and a lyricist in the BMI Lehman Musical Theatre Workshop.

For more information about the festival visit OOBFestival.com.

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